No doubt, making the most of your warehouse space and keeping things organized goes a long way towards a smoother workflow. Finding more efficient ways to make the most of your available space can reduce workplace accidents, improve productivity, and streamline warehouse operations. Consider these warehouse storage ideas to improve your organization.
Warehouse Storage Ideas to Implement
A clean and organized workplace allows your employees to do their jobs more effectively while maximizing the efficiency of your warehouse operations. Before you select a storage system, take a moment to evaluate your warehouse layout. Determine how employees and materials need to move within the space and determine how well the current floor plan fits your business’ needs. Doing so will help you begin addressing your warehouse organization and, ultimately, improve your bottom line. With a better idea of your business’ needs, you can decide which of these storage ideas can improve your efficiency.
ABC Analyze Your Inventory
The basic premise behind ABC Analysis is to sort your SKUs based on how well they sell and how expensive they are to hold. To use this method, sort your inventory into these three categories:
- A-Items: Bestsellers that don’t take up a lot of space or cost much to store
- B-Items: Your second-best items, typically more expensive than A-Items to store
- C-Items: The bulk of your inventory, which moves the least.
Understanding where various SKUs fall within these groups can help you prioritize which items require regular, easy access.
Adopt a Consistent Labeling System
Maintaining a clear labeling system limits picking errors and more effectively manages inventory. Train your staff to label products the same way, in the same place on every box. Doing so goes a long way towards improving inventory management, reducing clutter, and improving efficiency.
Consider Warehouse Storage Racks
Utilizing vertical space with warehouse racking is a cost-effective storage solution for many warehouses. Unlike pallet racking, which takes up valuable floor space, storage racks allow you to organize inventory and put the space over your head to good use. Vertically storing your stock in storage racks leaves more space for forklifts and warehouse staff work areas.
Of course, conventional pallet racking systems are not the right choice for every business. Different industries and inventories require more customized storage solutions. If your products can’t be stored or removed quickly, conveniently, or safely on pallets, then there are alternative vertical solutions.
Lift and Store’s overhead lifts take advantage of the existing space you have while retaining your existing shelving. Our overhead storage solutions are safe, reliable, and easy to use. Inventory lifts up and down with the push of a button. Plus, our systems are infinitely configurable. Regardless of the shape or size of your warehouse space, we can help you take advantage of your underutilized overhead storage area.
If you’re serious about taking your warehouse organization to the next level, consider reaching out to Lift and Store. With 27 years in business and over 10,200 installations, our clients include a number of major United States retailers. Request a quote today to learn more about how you can double your storage space without a remodel.